November 25, 2009
From Alex Thompsons Snowmail earlier:
POLICE, PUT THE KETTLE OFF?
Is it the end for our cops using their batons against protesters? Possibly so, for two reasons. First, they've been told to lay off the likes of climate change and G20 demonstrators by the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Denis O'Connor.
He says in a report that officers risk losing public support if they're seen as aggressive and unfair. Second, the female senior officer put in charge of recent climate demos showed herself to be adept at keeping public order and allowing protests.
She deserves more recognition and we'd like to ask her tonight how she succeeded - but the police won't let her come on.
Curiously the key contentious issue of "kettling" - coralling crowds for hours on end and not letting them disperse until they are utterly bored and exhausted - is not overtly touched upon in this investigation. Odd, because that's the issue which has aroused more debate than probably any other aspect of street disorder policing.
Police methods ‘could erode public support’: http://bit.ly/5qyzOY